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A National identity? Lacking this identity? Again, what is this new notion?

Note: Re-edit of “Lacking a National identity? Is it a big deal?”

We don’t need to unite under an identity:  All national identities everywhere were invariably built and sustained on myths, historical falsehood, and faked stories.

Any powerful colonial nation that gained an “identity” was forced upon its “citizens” by waging wars for fictitious claims and suffering millions of young soldiers fallen in battlefields.

What we need is to be unified under the banners of civil rights, human rights, sustainable environment, equitable and fair election laws and regulations, civil marriage, linked to fast communication technologies, access to social platforms, freedom of expression, laws not discriminating among genders, versatile opportunities to jobs and to applying our expertise, affordable education system, national health system…

What we need is to unite against any State invading our borders, bombing our infrastructure, humiliating us, destabilizing our society and economy.

What we need is to unify against any political current that has proven to work against democratic representations, racial demagoguery, sectarian political ideology.

What identity are we claiming?  

Are we to emulate other Nations that based their “identity” on myths and falsehood?

Youth was sacrificed to institute a Nation and were never taken seriously because they are viewed as just meat for the canon and a burden to a stable political system…

There are sections in Lebanon (mostly Christian Maronites) advancing the French mandatory alternative of a “Phoenician” ancestors.

Currently, there are Lebanese testing their blood for DNA evidences of any physical “Phoenician inheritance“.

A few are wary that they won’t be found to have any Phoenician stain/strain and be caste off as “strangers”.  What a load of crap.

The Phoenicians ruled the Mediterranean Sea in 1,200 BC and the string of their City-States extended from southern Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, up to Haifa in Palestine.

The Phoenicians were famous for maritime trade and commerce and established many trading centers around the Sea.  The written language has been around for 3,000 years, but the Phoenicians in the City-State of Byblos are credited for inventing the alphabet (currently in use with slight modifications.)

Before the Phoenicians and afterward, the Near East region of the Mediterranean (Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Palestine) has been invaded by a dozen warrior empires, many invaded us repeatedly.

For example, the empires in Iraq (Akkad, Babylon, Assyria), Egypt, Persia under various dynasties (at least four of them), Greece, Roman, Byzantium, Arabic, Ottoman, and finally the colonial powers of France and Britain.

All these warrior empires didn’t build anything worth showing as representative of civilization, until they invaded our region “The Land” and rounded off and hoarded the educated and master craftsmen to their capitals.

We are a region of multiple identities if we have to rely on occupation empires.

How about we identify with education and craftsmanship?  I love this identity.

Let us focus on affordable efficient schooling system; let us encourage technical and craftsmanship schooling system.

Let us focus on building commercial ships; let us invest in railways and fast communication facilities; let us open up to knowledge facilities all over the world.

I love this identity; let us get to work and planning.

Another sections of Lebanese, mostly Muslim-Sunnis, would like to have an Arabic identity and pushing it too far to claiming that we are from the Arabian Peninsula. Are we Arabs?  What that means?

The Islamic Arabic army that came from the Arabian Peninsula to fight the Byzantine Empire and later the Persian Empire barely numbered 7,000 men of war.  The other three-fourth of the army that backed and supplemented the “Arabic army” was constituted from people and tribes living in Syria, Iraq, and Jordan wanting to defeat the Byzantium unforgiving Orthodox Church and domination.

How can we be descendant of the sparsely populated Arabian Peninsula?

The “Arabic identity” group would claim that our culture and civilization is Islamic Arabic. How that?

The cultural development during the Arabic Empire was shouldered by the scholars in Syria, Iraq, and Iran and they were mostly Christians. They would like to rely on the Arabic language as basis for our identity.  Excellent idea.

Let us prove that the Arabic language is a viable foundation; let us infuse a new spirit in that dying language; let us translate the worthy manuscripts; let us invent new terms that have No religious connotation and spread the Arabic language as a universal language, valid to sustain modern civilization with fresh brains and advanced sciences and technologies.  I will be for it and will support it vehemently.

But first, let these “Arabic” scholars recognize that the Arabic language has roots in the slang of the Land: Aramaic, and Syriac languages…

There are other factions wanting to claim that we are Muslims.  How about the dozen minority religious sects?  Are we to agree on a theocratic identity?

Turkish Ataturk cancelled the caliphate in 1925 and there is no caliphate anymore, anywhere.  Tiny Lebanon has 19 “officially” recognized self-autonomous religious communities running our civil life.  Let us get real.

A theocratic State will never pass and will never find unity for identity.

Should we hide behind a reality of disparate communities to establish the concept of plurality community government?  Should 19 wrong sectarian identities constitute a valid identity?

Again:

What we need is to be unified under the banners of civil rights, human rights, sustainable environment, equitable and fair election laws and regulations, civil marriage, linked to fast communication technologies, access to social platforms, freedom of expression, laws not discriminating among genders, versatile opportunities to jobs and expertise, affordable education system, national health system…

What we need is to unify against any State invading our borders, bombing our infrastructure, humiliating us, destabilizing our society and economy.  

What we need is to unify against any political current that has proven to working against democratic representations, racial demagoguery, sectarian political ideology.

Christians of the Orients: they are you!

The plight of the Christian sects in the Middle East, (December 20, 2008)

I am not a religious person and this essay is political in nature.

The world community must have had news of the mass immigration of native Christians in Iraq during the Bush Junior “conquest” of Iraq.  The impression is that they are fleeing because of the newly established confessional conditions in Iraq and a few recurring massacres.

For the political analyst, the plight of the Christian sects in the Middle East is planned and executed by Israel with strong support of the US administrations. 

That plight started before the civil war in Lebanon in 1975, a war which “theoretically” ended after hundreds of thousands of Lebanese immigrating and most of them Christians, considering the ratios in the population.

Only these “nitwits” of a few factions within the Christian Maronite sect allied with Israel when it invaded Lebanon in 1982 and aided Israel in securing the southern strip of land, a third of Lebanon and which Israel was forced to vacate in 2000.

The remaining two dozens of Christian sects are fundamentally nationalists and consider that the Middle East region is their proper nation, since they were the original inhabitants and were the bedrock in the establishment of the first Christian communities for two thousand years.

Why is it that Israel and the uncivilized US administrations want to force-vacate (transfer) the Christians from the Middle East?

Remember Gaza; Israel vacated its isolated settlements in the Gaza Strip in 2005, so that it could execute its genocide without worrying about the few Jews there.

Since then, Gaza has been famished and cut-off from the world and returned to pre-historic conditions, with the main support of the Bush Junior administration, simply because apartheid Zionism wants a racist Jewish State and regard the native populations as inferior in nature as Hitler viewed the Jews, the Arab, and many other non-Germanic “ethnic” communities.

Israel want to dislodged these patriotic Christians from the Middle East in order to hoard for itself all the sympathy and support of the “western” States and prepare the ground for a massive genocides against the Muslims, if the next US President is foolish enough to wage a war against Iran.

The Christian communities in Rome and Europe were initiated by Near Eastern Christians; many Middle Eastern Christian sects in Syria and Iraq disseminated the doctrine of Christianity in all Asia and reached China.

They translated their unified Testaments into Chinese, Hindi, Persian and the other languages in Asia, before the Arab expansion in the 7th century.

These Christian sects were critical factors in the formulation of the fundamental doctrine of Islam during Prophet Muhammad message in Mecca, before the Prophet Mohammad settled in Medina.

As Prophet Muhammad  had to administer the first Islamic City-State in Medina, he had to legislate and build a structure for the Arabic tribes and clans in the Arabian Peninsula.

Actually, the largest and most powerful tribe “Taghleb” and its main clan the “Ghassassinat” near Damascus were already Christians and the prophet Mohammad fine-tuned his religious instructions from these Christian tribes.

The Byzantine Empire was basically re-structured since the year 325 by the Christian sects in the Middle East.  Thus, the early Christian civilization in Europe was initiated by the Middle East Christian sects.

Europe had to wait another thousand years for the Jesuits and the other Christian orders to venture into Asia.

Unfortunately, the European Christian religious orders were used politically by the emerging colonial powers in the code name of civilizing the “barbarians” and aborigines who are not “Christians”


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